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A Window of Opportunity – Parshat Ki Tisa

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Growing up, I was an avid baseball fan. The Baltimore Orioles were my team. My oldest child was born just hours after my wife and I attended a game. We are still uncertain if the disappointment in another Oriole loss or the kosher hot dog stand fare actually induced the labor.

There is one player, however, and not even an Oriole, that gained my deepest respect.

Nolan Ryan. To me, he was a true celebrity.

Nolan Ryan would remain after a game and sign autographs for all those waiting. Long after the bus took his teammates to the hotel, Nolan was there talking to the fans. A taxi driver remarked that he once drove Nolan Ryan to the hotel over three hours after the game ended.

When asked why he was so dedicated to the fans, Nolan replied, “because it’s the fans who make me who I am. Without them, I’m just another guy in a uniform”.

In Pirkei Avot (4th Chapter) we learn: Who is an honored person? One who honors others. For one to be truly important, they must see the value of others.

Too often when people find fame or fortune, they forget their humble beginnings. Even worse are those climbers who forget or neglect the very people who helped them achieve their status.

Parshat Ki Tisa details the story of the sin........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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